A Visit to Bengaluru

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami have arrived safely in Bengaluru. Their first stops are the carving site and the homes of devotees. Jiva Rajasankara, who heads the management of the carving site, performed a traditional guru padapuja, and Bodhinatha blessed those present. Following the puja Swapna Rajasankara received her mantra diksha on August 22nd after years of personal study and preparation. This means receiving spiritual initiation from the Satguru to chant Aum Namah Sivaya 108 times daily on rudraksha japa mala. Prior to this, she was chanting Aum Saravanabhava Aum. It is the first of two dikshas that all sishyas prepare to receive. She is now known as dikshasishya.

August Tour Days

This months we've seen quite a few pilgrims and tourists visit the Aadheenam. As usual the weekly tour days continue to be fully booked. Our local Kauai members do a wonderful job of hosting our guests and introducing them to the monastery's history, publications, gardens and of course, Iraivan Temple.

The Kauai Island Farm Fair

Yesterday, three of the monks made a short visit to Kauai's annual farm fair. It is one of the largest events held on the island each year. The fair draws thousands of people from around the island to enjoy the food, carnival rides, animals, crafts, booths and the vegetable, orchid and bonsai competitions.

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